All other things shall change, But She remains the same...
TITLE: Midnight Never Come
AUTHOR: Marie Brennan
INFO: Paperback, Fiction, 379 pages
PUBLISHED: Orbit, 2008
HOW I GOT IT: Bought it
FROM GOODREADS: "England flourishes under the hand of its Virgin Queen: Elizabeth, Gloriana, last and most powerful of the Tudor monarch. But a great light casts a great shadow. In hidden catacombs beneath London, a second Queen holds court: Invidiana, ruler of faerie England, and a dark mirror to the glory above."
In the thirty years since Elizabeth ascended her throne, Fae and mortal politics have become inextricably entwined in secret alliances and ruthless betrayals whose existence is suspected by only a few. Two courtiers, both struggling for royal favor, are about to uncover the secrets that lie behind these two thrones, For only together will they he able to find the source of Invidiana's power - find it, and break it.
MY TAKE: The cover of this book was the first thing that grabbed my attention. The light embossing and various shades of blue is really gorgeous. The second aspect that made me go ahead and buy it was the fact that it was a historical fiction about Queen Elizabeth with a paranormal spin. I've been on a kick for this type of book lately.
I was not disappointed. Marie Brennan created a dark and sinister mirror court to Elizabeth's London. The Onyx Court is hidden beneath the city and mimics the comings and goings of the humans above. Invidiana rules faerie England due to a secret pact she and Elizabeth made years before she took the throne. Their courts and fates become intertwined over the years until one of Elizabeth's newest courtiers and one of Invidiana's disgraced ladies meet. The two of them start to unravel the great mystery and with the aid of some delightful brownie sisters, pave the way for a new future for both courts.
The storyline was very well thought out. On the surface you have the beloved monarch of England while below the city you have a court ruled by fear. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and mixing in paranormal with a bit of romance makes it a winner for me. I enjoyed seeing names, places and events from Elizabeth's London. The Fae court and its proceedings were seamlessly integrated into the real history.
Out of 5 JEWELS, I give it: